23 days in Taiwan & Japan Itinerary

23 days in Taiwan & Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Taiwan & Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia


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3
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Venture out of the city with trips to Keelung River (in Bali), Yeh Liu Geo Park (in Wanli) and Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, make a trip to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, and explore the striking landscape of Yangmingshan National Park.

Start your trip to Taipei by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Melbourne, Australia to Taipei is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Taipei. Traveling from Melbourne in March, you will find days in Taipei are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Taipei

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

New Taipei
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Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park
Yeh Liu Geo Park ©
Yeh Liu Geo Park
Keelung River ©
Keelung River

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Taipei to Hiroshima. The time zone difference when traveling from Taipei to Hiroshima is 1 hour. In March, Hiroshima is little chillier than Taipei - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, examine the collection at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ski Jam Katsuyama (in Katsuyama) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in March: highs in Kanazawa hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ski Jam Katsuyama
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Ski Jam Katsuyama ©
Ski Jam Katsuyama

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more), Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto) and Shojigataki Falls (in Hokuto). Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. It doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi route maker app .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are a bit warmer (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Matsumoto Castle, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Shojigataki Falls, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo sightseeing planning site .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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